Discussing Movie Genres [singular, plural

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Discussing Movie Genres [singular, plural

Post by whaviland » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:43 am

I wonder if someone can help me with the following, as I'm struggling to find the correct information online - and greetings, this is my first post :)

When discussing movie genres and favourites, I note that we generally use the singular:

My favourite movie genre is action / My favourite movie genre is drama

However, in certain instances it sounds odd to me:

My favourite movie genre is thriller

I feel that in this case, thriller should be pluralized. However, I cannot work out why - and indeed, if I am correct or not!

Can anyone explain this to me? I need to help my students understand this point.

Thanks for any tips :)

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Re: Discussing Movie Genres [singular, plural

Post by Firefox » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:27 am

I tend to agree with you:

My favourite movie genre is thrillers. :ok:

I think it's because "a thriller" is a film in its own right.

thriller (noun): a novel, play, or film with an exciting plot, typically involving crime or espionage

The genres (action, horror, comedy, drama, sci-fi, historical drama etc) can't really be used to refer directly to a film:
I saw an action last night. :nok:
Wanna watch a horror? :nok:

But we can and do say "We saw a thriller." :ok:

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Re: Discussing Movie Genres [singular, plural

Post by Firefox » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:28 am

I know that doesn't explain the question "grammatically", but hope it helps, or gets your mind going on it.

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Re: Discussing Movie Genres [singular, plural

Post by whaviland » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:01 am

That does help, thank you :)

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